Used Woodworking Reference books

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Blog entry by Timthemailman posted 04-07-2012 09:38 PM 2012 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have bought more than a few reference books to help me out in my shop. I know that I can get most of the information on the web but there’s something about owning, holding,looking and even writing in the book that I like. So after seeing Stevinmarin’s Router Table series I ordered the book he recommended,
Woodworking With the Router: Professional Router Techniques and Jigs Any Woodworker Can Use . When I 1st went on line I found it for over $40 Then I saw it used for $5.43 (with tax and shipping) in good condition so I ordered it. It was the forth used book I have bought online and like the seller said it was in good condition. The other books I bought used were Shop Drawings of Shaker Furniture & Woodenware, Volume 1, 2 and 3 for $4.87 , $5.98 all three of these books were like new . I hope this post may help some people save some money that hadn’t thought of used books in the past. Thanks for looking and please feel free to comet or tell a story of a great deal you have found on a used book or tool. Thank again from TimTheMailman.

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#1 posted 04-08-2012 12:22 AM


I’ve bought a lot of used books from sellers on Amazon and I’ve been happy with them each time. My collection is growing and it’s about time to build another bookcase. I guess I’ll go search for a used book of bookcase plans. LOL Wait, I have one Woodsmith published a few years ago.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 04-08-2012 03:06 AM

Tim I have purchased five or six books on amazon for woodworking all used and been happy with all of them. I am very careful to look at the condition and the description. I will say that if you are buying a couple especially on barnes and noble expect a lot of shipping if your ordering more than one from separate buyers. I purchased four books total cost less that 5 bucks was thirty after all the shipping through each place.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#3 posted 04-08-2012 04:40 AM

Our family prefer books. There is just something about electronics can’t replicate. Actually, we prefer to have our own copy rather then borrow from the Library. With two kids, one might suggest we have wasted a lot money. I figured why not? We all waste money on something. Why not on books? Now, I have a Senior in HS who is a National Merit Finalist. So I will have to claimed, it was money well spent.

Amazon and are both good sites for used books. Yes, you do have to keep an eye on the shipping cost.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#4 posted 04-08-2012 05:17 PM

We have a few organizations here that have used book sales, and I have to confess that a few times I have
bought books, only to donate them to the next sale, but the money helps a good cause and the books
are reasonable and the local library has a shelf of excess donated books that I have to check every week
when I go in, usually only $1 or so each. We also have a large Book Exchange store that sells books for
1/2 price and give 1/4 price on good books brought in, this is where I bought all my Norm Abram books.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 03-03-2013 08:50 AM

It really is nice to have reference books! And there really are quite a few out there. The problem with living in Switzerland is that there are usually shipping fees (if they do ship internationally) and then you have to pay a tax on stuff when you pic it up. Local bookstores don’t carry much here either since woodworking is seen more of a profession than a hobby I suppose. I found a joiner that is also the only importer of “Les Edition Vial” which is a great editor of book of trades in french. I called him up and asked if he could order me the dictionary of woodworking terms, a 1000 page beautiful book. He said he could send it but I said no i’d come and pick it up. It was quite and adventure, his shop was in the Jura mountains so I took my bike on the train then cycled up to the village, had a nice lunch and found his shop. He thought I was crazy to have came all that way when he could have sent it, but I really liked actually meeting someone and it was a great little day trip. Afterwards I had an beautiful bike ride down the hills that made it all worth while!
So it wasn’t a used book story, and the day wasn’t cheap, the book was pricey and I had to pay train fare and lunch, but I remember it perfectly and love telling the story. It makes it all worthwhile.

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#6 posted 03-03-2013 09:05 AM

ElliottH, That was a neat book story. Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 03-03-2013 02:07 PM

I have bought a ton of used books on Ebay over the years. Not just woodworking books but all sorts of books, including a complete set of Great Books of the We4stern World. Many of the books that I have bought used on Ebay are like new, including the fine set that I mentioned. I am definitely a book nut and now have a fairly nice library that I have bought used. It’s a great way to buy woodworking books. Amazon is also a good source.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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